After much controversy, Maryland has decided to let quarterback Danny O’Brien and two others transfer to the SEC’s Vanderbilt or another ACC school if they so choose – but not without the school filing a complaint.
“While at first I thought it was important to limit the institutions to which they could transfer, I have since reconsidered my decision,” Terps coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “At the end of the day, I want what’s best for these guys and I wish them well in their futures.”
However, the Washington Post said that Edsall remains upset with Vandy coach James Franklin – the former offensive coordinator in College Park – whom he believes may have tampered with O’Brien. The newspaper said that Maryland has filed a complaint with the ACC, which turned it over to the SEC.
Edsall had said that players in the program could not transfer to Vandy, the 11 other ACC schools, Pittsburgh and Syracuse – who soon will join the league – as well as upcoming nonconference opponents Temple and West Virginia.
But O’Brien will graduate this spring as a third-year sophomore and will be able to play immediately – perhaps at Vandy after Edsall’s change of heart – if he enrolls in a graduate program not offered in College Park, according to the WaPo.
This is just another mess under the watch of Edsall, whose 2-10 debut season with the Terps was just the tip of the iceberg with what has gone wrong since he arrived from Connecticut.